Orlando, Florida – The Gold Golf Ball (HDR)

From a few weeks back at EPCOT…this is Mothership Earth in HDR with a little Color Efex Pro added.  I’ll admit I love this sphere…this day I took almost every angle possible afternoon and night.  The triangular structures on the sphere create a cool 3-D effect.  The light reflects wonderfully all over…any time of day!  Nice design Disney!!   Kudos!!

Info from the web:  The appearance of being a monolithic sphere is an architectural goal that was achieved through a structural trick. Spaceship Earth’s is in fact two structural domes. Six legs are supported on pile groups that are driven up to 160 feet into Central Florida’s soft earth. Those legs support a steel box-shaped ring at the sphere’s perimeter, at about 30 degrees south latitude in earth-terms. The upper structural dome sits on this ring. A grid of trusses inside the ring supports the two helical structures of the ride and show system. Below the ring, a second dome is hung from the bottom, completing the spherical shape. The ring and trusses form a table-like structure which separates the upper dome from the lower. Supported by and about three feet off of the structural domes is a cladding sphere to which the shiny Alucobond panels and drainage system are mounted. The cladding was designed so that when it rains, no water pours off the sides onto the ground. (All water is “absorbed” through one inch gaps in the facets and is collected in a gutter system – and finally channeled into the World Showcase Lagoon.)

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 VR
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 56.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable  Release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro
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